Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has been appointed to head the European Council

Summary of the key positions within the EU

30 Aug European Union leaders have agreed to appoint Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk to head the European Council and Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini to lead the bloc's high-profile foreign affairs arm.

A Palestinian child wearing a Hamas headband celebrates the truce by flashing the victory sign in Rafah in Gaza

Main points of the Gaza ceasefire

26 Aug Israel and Hamas have accepted an Egyptian proposal for a long-term ceasefire in war-torn Gaza in a move to end fifty days of bloodshed.

The atlas catalogues species including seaweeds, corals, worms, moss animals, starfish, and birds

New atlas charts more than 9,000 species

25 Aug More than 9,000 species have been catalogued by scientists, including one from NUI Galway, in a new atlas which is the most thorough marine audit carried in that part of the world in decades.

Iraqi soldiers keep watch  on the main highway which links the Iraqi capital to the borders with Syria

Timeline of the Iraqi conflict

15 Aug The main developments in Iraq since Sunni Arab militants launched an offensive, seizing territory in the north and the west:

Baby was blown onto Tube tracks at Goodge Street station in London

Child in buggy blown onto Tube tracks

12 Aug Frightening images of a child in a buggy being blown on to Tube tracks moments before a train arrived have been released by British Transport Police (BTP).

Two survivors cry after hearing the guilty verdict

Cambodia's Khmer Rouge

07 Aug Cambodia's UN-backed court has found the top two surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime guilty of crimes against humanity, sentencing them to life in jail.

A Palestinian boy walks on the rubble of his destroyed home in  Gaza City

Gaza conflict in numbers

07 Aug As talks continue on extending the truce in Gaza, here are some of the figures from the conflict so far.

John Cassin lived a quiet life after he came home from France, and kept his wartime memories largely to himself

My Grandfather's War

03 Aug Since I was a small child I have always known that my grandfather, John Cassin, served in the First World War, writes RTÉ's Anne Cassin.

Does Scotland want independence? Voters will decide in September

Historic vote over Scottish independence

30 Jul Scottish voters are preparing to go to the polls on 18 September to decide if Scotland should be an independent country. Fiona Mitchell examines the issues.

Ukrainian personnel remove a body from the crash site

Malaysia quietly worked back channels on MH17

22 Jul As Western leaders increasingly pointed the finger of blame at pro-Russian separatists, and Moscow itself, over the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines plane in eastern Ukraine, the government in Kuala Lumpur said little.

On 14 April 276 girls were seized in Chibok in northern Nigeria

Timeline: Nigerian schoolgirl kidnapping

22 Jul On April 14 a total of 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped in northeastern Nigeria by Islamist group Boko Haram. 100 days later 219 are still being held captive.

Cian's mode of transport and mobile studio rolled into one

Ireland by Bike Series

17 Jul RTÉ's Cian McCormack cycled from Mizen Head to Malin Head, travelling along the Wild Atlantic Way to gauge its impact on tourism and regional development. Listen/read his reports.

The Costa Concordia ran aground off the Tuscan island of Giglio on 13 January 2012

Timeline of the Costa Concordia disaster

14 Jul On 13 January 2012, the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground at night off the Tuscan coast and pitched over onto its side, leaving 32 people dead.